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Norfolk Summer best things to do

Welcome to the combined sunniest/driest county in the country – and what a great time to be here! It’s warm, the days are long and bright, and there’s no better time for a picnic or a dip in the briny…

Enjoy our 90 miles of coast... 93 when the tide's out!

Burnham Overy Staithe

Norfolk is blessed with some of the best coast in the country – 90 miles of it! (93 when the tide’s out!). All of it is great for sandcastle-building, crabbing, playing games, going for a refreshing swim! The east Norfolk coast has great beaches and dunes topped with marram grass. The north Norfolk coast has great beaches too, with dramatic cliffs at Cromer and Sheringham, tidal salt marshes at Blakeney and Scolt Head, with huge, dramatic sands at Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham (voted the best beach in the UK) and Brancaster. Colourful cliffs resume at Old Hunstanton before the mudflats of The Wash take over.

A-Z of the seaside

Beaches and coast blogs

Walk in the footsteps of the first ever UK tourists

Happisburgh lighthouse

We have our very own version of the Jurassic Coast – in north Norfolk they’ve found a woolly mammoth, Neolithic flint axes, Seahenge and more recently the oldest-known human footprints outside the Rift Valley in Africa. Yes, Norfolk had the country’s first tourists! If you want to get a little closer to prehistory, why not visit Dino Adventure! As they like to say, isn’t it time you came’n’saurus…

Deep History Coast

SOOOO many family-friendly attractions

Banham Zoo tigers

Talking of which, we’ve got some of the best visitor attractions in the country too! If you want to burn off some energy and behave like Tarzan then we’d recommend Go Ape in Thetford Forest, BeWILDerwood in the Broads, Hilltop Outdoor Centre, Extreeme Adventure or Pensthorpe Natural Park.

Norfolk visitor attractions

Easy walking and cycling

Walking in west Norfolk

We’re not as flat as some people suggest… in fact, we’re generally very bouncy! But it’s true we’ve not got mountains so Norfolk is a great place to enjoy less strenuous cycling and walking.

The county has 11 distinct long-distance walks which cover off every aspect of our countryside, from Broads to coast, from Fens to Brecks… and they’re all joined up as well, so you never need stop!

Discover our Downton Abbeys

Blickling at night

What better time to imagine you’re in Downton Abbey (upstairs of course, not downstairs) and wander around the gardens of our stately homes as if you owned them? At Sandringham you can even imagine you’re Royalty!

Norfolk's Downton Abbeys

See the Broads by boat... it's the only way

Broads' day boat

If you really want to explore the Norfolk Broads, there’s only one way to do it… on a boat! The Broads has more than 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways so it’s a very relaxed way of getting into the heart of this unique National Park (and discover that a lot of it is actually man-made!).

Explore the Broads

All the fun of the carnivals... and festivals

Maritime Festival

Summer is the time of carnivals and festivals! Try the Wells Pirate Festival, the Norfolk Food & Drink Festival (the biggest of its kind in the country), the King’s Lynn Festival, Lord Mayor’s Procession in Norwich or Great Yarmouth’s Maritime Festival and Out There or many, many more…

Festivals in Norfolk

Be a flaneur in our Fine City

Norwich market and castle

There are fewer places than our Fine City Norwich to wander around on a summer’s day. All the best cities have a river and are easily walkable – that’s Norwich. Look out for its great independent shopping, dine al fresco at a pub or restaurant, take in the medieval sights like the Castle and Cathedral, amble along the cobbled Tombland, The Lanes and Elm Hill. Or just get yourself an ice cream and sit and watch the world go by.

Explore Norwich

Three fabulous seaside resorts

Great Yarmouth seafront

Indulge in the traditional seaside activities of amusement arcades, eating candyfloss or donuts while strolling along the Prom, or playing crazy golf at our three fab resorts of Great Yarmouth, Cromer and Hunstanton. Great Yarmouth has its Golden Mile of attractions, Cromer has the last end-of-pier show in the country and Sunny Hunny (as we affectionately call it) is one of the best places in the country for kitesurfing.

Explore Greater Yarmouth

Explore Cromer

Explore Hunstanton

... and just in case there is precipitation

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Norfolk’s beautiful countryside is very green and lush, so, yes, it does rain sometimes. If it does, fear you not! We’ve got great museums where you can shelter and act as if you’re archaeologists, Victorian farm workers, Norman knights… anything your imagination allows! You can also stay dry at the Sealife centres in Great Yarmouth or Hunstanton while you watch the marine life get wet or hop aboard a heritage railway.

Top 10 museums

Rainy days in Norfolk

Heritage railways

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